We stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks in May 2012. It's taken a while to write the review but somethng tells me that not a lot would have changd since then. It's a shame as I expcted there to be more to Grenada. Unfortunately, it seems that this caribbean islands view of relaxed is more annoying than chilled out.
My first impression was not a good one - and my boyfriend could sense it immediately. Yes the grounds were stunning, gardens well manicured and the hotel buildings were cool and white - BUT the thumping heavy reggae base music from the public playing field across the road was not the best start to what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday. We might as well have been staying on a carnival float! My first question was if there was another room available further away but there wasn't, and we were assured that it was a weekend occurrance. Thankfully, it did stop.
The hotel and staff were very nice and nothing was ever too much for them but it all seemed a little inexperianced and average. The gardens of the hotel were impeccable and the gardeners are friendly and knowledgeable. The staff at the restaurants and bars pay alot of attention to you to make sure you are happy, although it does sometimes feel like you have to make the effort for attention when you first get there. We alternated nights at the hotel restaurants. Both were fine and food was tasty and plentiful but it's such a shame that there wasn't really anywhere outside that was close enough or felt safe enough to venture out to. I guess we could've gone to the KFC over the road...Don't misunderstand me - the food is lovely but a bit repetative after the first week.
The hotel was right on Grand Anse Beach and this is stunning but certainly not the nicest beach I've been on. We wanted a little more exclusivity and Grand Anse just doesn't offer that. It is clean, white sands and clean water but it can get busy. The weekends were packed out with American college students and it feels like American Pie - The Caribbean Vacation. Beer pong, suncream and obnoixious teenagers. The hotel has complementary equipment so we went sailing and canoeing almost daily inbetween sunning and reading. You are accosted daily and almost forced to make a deal with the local beach sellers just to get some peace and quiet. In the evening we wanted to go for a walk after dinner but it just didn't feel safe after sunset. I haven't felt like that before on holiday and it was saddening.Most locals are friendly but I felt intimidated on my own.
You can get a bus to most areas on the island, which is what we did. And it's cheap! We prefer to be independant and don't like tour guides. We visited the main market area but to be honest, when you've seen one nutmeg and spice stall you've seen them all. When you get off at the main bus station be careful as it's really busy. As we got off the bus we somehow managed to pick up a local tour guide who, give him credit, is very good at his job, as we didn't even realise we were being scammed! He just walked alongside us and started a conversation. Next thing we know we were were obliged to buy a spice rack thingy in a coconut shell from his aunties stall.The thing is, my boyfriend is 6'7 and 18 stone and we're both savvy but we felt like we couldn't tell him to leave us alone without landing ourselves in trouble. We kept dropping hints but you just have to be upront and say that you want to go it on your own, thanks and good bye. We walked to the top of the capital to take in the view but there is nothing else. There are other excursions that i've reviewed on T.A.
In a nutmeg nutshell - The hotel is clean and pretty and the staff are really helpful and nice but inexperianced. There is definitely room for modernisation and refurbishment. Hotel rooms are cleaned daily but furnishings and the bathroom definetly need an update. The showers aren't very good. The hotel beautiful gardens lead onto the beach and there are fresh clean beach towels with a little walk to the hotel bar for an endless supply of pina coladas and every other drink including beers/pop/juices/water etc. We practically survived on the pina coladas during the day. Non alcoholic as the sun is lovely and hot. And perfectly rummed up during the sunset. The best evening entertainment is the steel pan band that visit the hotel and the best barman is Stanley. Just ask for a 'Highway' cocktail but be warned! They're strong.
The hotel is lovely but I feel like other aspects of the holiday let it down. I reckon if you return to Grenada after a few more years of tourism then they would've stepped up their game. It doesn't feel ready just yet.